We are pleased to present, Pinned on Linen, an Exhibition by 21 ACJSNI members and invited guest makers closely associated with the group. The Exhibition ‘Pinned’ was first shown in Craft NI, November 2020 during Lockdown no.2. For this second showing, we have some new makers with new work, while some Jewels now reside with new owners! 

‘PINNED – on Linen’ pays tribute to the fabric associated with R-Space at the Linen Rooms by installing work on repurposed and locally sourced Linen.  By adapting the exhibition sympathetically and referencing the significance of the new location and its industrial heritage, ACJSNI engages audiences with new ways to experience the approaches and languages of Contemporary Jewellery, both in material and form.

In November 2020 ACJSNI’s PINNED Exhibition received Arts Council Funding which helped to make a series of short videos giving an insight into the working processes of 4 of our makers. In addition, we were also able to fund a series of Podcasts with Making Conversations that give an insight into the ideas behind the pieces. We hope this will help to enrich the experience and understanding of the pieces presented. 

‘PINNED – on Linen’ at R-Space will also showcase images of work produced during lockdown by Year 11 pupils from Lagan College and Antrim Grammar School.  This was a Pilot project part-funded by Ulster University and intended to run alongside the November exhibition. Covid-19 meant the ‘live experience’ had to adapt to a ‘virtual’ series of workshops, using easily available tools and materials that helped pupils experience similar fine making skills to those of a jeweller. What emerged, shows fresh and engaging voices of young makers with lively minds. This comes at a time when craft-skills have never seemed so relevant, on many levels and we hope they are proud of what has been achieved!

ACJSNI are a regional branch of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery, whose members include those who make jewellery, associated designers and craftspeople, educators, students, galleries, museum curators, retailers, critics, collectors, and people who want to learn more about contemporary jewellery. 

The ACJSNI mission is to showcase and support the jewellery and Silversmithing community who live and work in Northern Ireland.


Published by ACJSNI

The Association for Contemporary Jewellery & Silversmiths N.I is a regional group of ACJ whose aims are to support and develop the voice, audience and understanding of contemporary Jewellery and Silversmiths in Northern Ireland. Membership brings together ACJ, AJN and WeAre Jewellery groups under one constitution as a regional body of ACJ, whose members are International. Our objectives support those of The Association for Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ); to advance public education by promoting understanding of contemporary jewellery, to foster communication between practitioner and interested others, and to represent ACJ members within the region of Northern Ireland.

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